Ukrainian Drone Strike Targets Major Russian Refinery

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.02 - 2024 10:54 AM CET

A drone attack by Ukraine hits one of Russia's largest oil refineries in Tatarstan.

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Ukraine executed a drone strike on one of Russia's principal oil refineries, located in Tatarstan, over 1,300 kilometers away from the Ukrainian front lines.

As reported by Reuters, this attack occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

Targeted Strike in Tatarstan

The Taneco refinery in Nizhnekamsk, identified as the target, stands as one of Russia's most significant and modern oil processing facilities, boasting a production capacity of around 360,000 barrels per day.

Rustam Minnikhanov, the head of Tatarstan, confirmed that the strike inflicted injuries on some individuals and targeted not just the refinery but also enterprises in Yelabuga and Nizhnekamsk, including a dormitory within the Alabuga Special Economic Zone.

Despite the severity of the strike, which reportedly hit the refinery's primary refining unit, CDU-7, official reports claim the fire was extinguished within 20 minutes and production remains unaffected.

Minnikhanov reassured that there was "no serious damage" and the technological processes of the enterprises were not disrupted. Russia's electronic warfare defenses reportedly intercepted the drone near the refinery, yet the attack still resulted in a fire and casualties.

Reactions and Implications

The strike has garnered attention for its strategic implications, with unverified social media footage capturing the moment of impact, and subsequent reactions from the populace.

Furthermore, it's noted that Russia has been ramping up drone production in the Alabuga Special Economic Zone, as reported by The Washington Post last year.

A Ukrainian intelligence source claimed that the attack achieved "significant damage" to a military target within Russia's Tatarstan region, employing Ukrainian-made drones. This assertion, if verified, could signify a new phase in the conflict.

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